Review: Michael D. Myers & David Avison (Eds.) (2002). Qualitative Research in Information Systems


  • Jaan Valsiner Clark University



organizations, systemic analysis, idiographic science


This book is a collection of 12 articles published in 1983-1996 in various management research journals, to which the editors' introductory chapter is added. It brings to readers outside of organizational psychology an overview of different kinds of systemic thinking that have developed in that area since the invention of the magical term "information systems" in the 1960s. The book shows the viability of qualitative methodology in the study of objects of investigation of high levels of social complexity. Following the ideas expressed in the book, I argue that the juxtaposition of qualitative versus quantitative methods as if these are mutually opposed choices for researchers is misleading. Instead, the qualitative study of systemically organized single cases—methodology rather than methods—is the direction needed for all methodological thinking. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0502204


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Jaan Valsiner, Clark University

Jaan VALSINER ( is interested in the ways in which human psychological systems regulate themselves through constructing and reconstructing sign hierarchies. His work unites anthropological, sociological, and psychological ideas into a framework of cultural development of persons. Jaan VALSINER wrote in former issues of FQS the Review Essay on "The Games of Gods and Man: Essays in Play and Performance" ( and on "Handbook of Ethnography" (




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Valsiner, J. (2005). Review: Michael D. Myers & David Avison (Eds.) (2002). Qualitative Research in Information Systems. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(2).

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